First up, it seems that Gerard Butler, earlier rumored to be playing Sabretooth in the upcoming film adaptation, has denied having any involvement. According to movies online he “flat out” denied it at a recent press conference interview.
On another character front, we’re hearing some rumors about an actor possibly set to play Gambit. The Sunday Star Times has had a recent piece on Bailey Chase. You may have seen him in such shows as Ugly Betty and Saving Grace. With regards to his top secret role in Wolverine, he said,
“It’s very confidential and top-secret. I think they’re casting under alias names but for now, he’s called Mr Yellow.
“He’s about 30 years old, a charming southern guy on the surface but he’s got some ulterior motives going on underneath. By the end of the film, he’s probably not going to be such a nice guy.”
The circulating internet speculation is that this is in fact Gambit, but we can’t be certain and I’d like to emphasise this is of course just a rumor at the moment.
Thirdly, Aussie actress Natalie Imbruglia is rumored to have auditioned for a role in the flick, according to ENI:
The Torn singer had a secret screen test for a part in the film in Sydney, Australia two weeks ago”
20th Century Fox have released an official marketing blurb to describe the X-men Origins: Wolverine movie. Nothing too radical here - but we do get a general picture of the storyline - there will be action, violence, a love interest and Victor Creed. Most noteworthy however is the last sentence, which tells us to expect a number of legendary X-men characters.
‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ is set to star Jackman and will be directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition). The producers are Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter (who produced all three previous “X-Men” films), along with Jackman and his Seed Prods. producing partner, John Palermo. The film will be executive produced by Marvel Films’ Kevin Feige.
Leading up to the events of ‘X-Men’, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ – written by David Benioff (The Kite Runner, Troy) – tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.
Chud have posted up some of the X-men Origins rumors they have heard circulating the internet grapevine over the past few days. The rumor that they are putting the most trust in concerns the role of Sabretooth, expected to be played by 300 star, Gerard Butler.
Karl Urban was also in talks to play the character but these fell through. CHUD also state that director Gavin Hood wants Natalie Portman to play the role of Kayla, though their hopes are not set high.